Talking Business

James Eddy: Credit-card swipe fees cost everyone dearly, need oversight

“Just like the utility companies that provide electricity, water, and gas to our locations, we have no alternatives when it comes to swipe fees and no choice but to build them into our pricing,” writes James Eddy, a third-generation restaurateur. “The bottom line is that everything is more expensive because of swipe fees — no matter how you pay. It’s time for a change to the system.”


Filling Station coffee shops sold to KC company

Messenger Coffee Co. is purchasing controlling interest in the four area Filling Station operations. Leawood’s Park Place sues its restaurant tenant, Mestizo by Aarón Sánchez, for back rent of more than $120,000 and possession of the space.


Farming hobby takes root in Parkville

New urban homestead supply store has opened in Parkville, and resale and consignment outdoor sports gear and camping store coming soon. New designer swimsuit store opening on the Country Club Plaza. Cash mob coming to Lee’s Summit wine shop.

Diversity Diva

Geographic stereotyping has its own pitfalls

It can put down a neighborhood, a state or a whole region, but it all boils down to the same thing — people who think they can make decisions about others based on the address their utility bills go to. In some cases, the comments based on address also can be code for something else.

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